Cheoah River Santeetlah Dam to US 129 Bridge Just Below Cheoah Dam

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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The Cheoah River is normally a dry streambed that runs from Santeetlah Dam to the Little Tennessee River, It enters the Little Tennessee within spitting distance of the Cheoah Dam. The TVA pipes water from Santeetlah Lake into the Little Tennessee/Lake Cheoah inundation for the obvious reasons, leaving the resultant dry streambed. The Cheoah below Santeetlah Lake is just west of the Cheoah Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. The river generally runs only after extended rainfall. If the lake is spilling over the dam, there may be more water on the last 2 miles than most paddlers want. As of September 2005, there will be water releases to allow for 16 to 18 days of boatable flows.

Cheoah River: Santeetlah Dam to US 129 Bridge (Just Below Cheoah Dam) Professional Review and Guide

"The Cheoah River is normally a dry streambed that runs from Santeetlah Dam to the Little Tennessee River, It enters the Little Tennessee within spitting distance of the Cheoah Dam. The TVA pipes water from Santeetlah Lake into the Little Tennessee/Lake Cheoah inundation for the obvious reasons, leaving the resultant dry streambed.

The Cheoah below Santeetlah Lake is just west of the Cheoah Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. The river generally runs only after extended rainfall. If the lake is spilling over the dam, there may be more water on the last 2 miles than most paddlers want. As of September 2005, there will be water releases to allow for 16 to 18 days of boatable flows."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Robbinsville
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Loss: 70 feet
Duration: 4.5 hours
Class: Class III-IV
Local Maps: Tapoco (NC/TN), Fontana Dam (USGS); Graham (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Cheoah River: Santeetlah Dam to US 129 Bridge (Just Below Cheoah Dam)

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